Passenger numbers at airports in the United Kingdom continued to grow in 2012, according to a new report.

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Passenger numbers at airports in the United Kingdom continued to grow in 2012, according to a new report.

The latest figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) released on Tuesday revealed that 221 million travellers passed through UK airports last year, marking an increase of 1.4 million or 0.6 per cent over 2011.

CAA officials noted that 2012 was the second consecutive year of growth and follows three previous years of declining passenger figures. However, the total still falls substantially short – 8 per cent – of the all-time peak seen in 2007.

London airports accounted for the vast majority of growth with 1.3 million extra travellers passing through in 2012, whilst regional airports saw modest growth with 100,000 more passengers seen last year. Heathrow saw a rise of 0.9 per cent, whilst Gatwick’s and Luton’s numbers grew by 1.7 per cent and 0.8 per cent, respectively. Conversely, Stansted saw a 3.2 per cent decline.

CAA regulatory director Iain Osborne told the media that although the latest numbers show further progress in the industry’s recovery that the total number of travellers still falls well short of the UK’s peak five years ago.

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